Comparison of space station cargo vehicles

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A number of different spacecraft have been used to carry cargo to and from space stations.


Legend for below table:   [under development] — [retired,canceled] — [operational,inactive]

Spacecraft Origin Manufacturer Launch system Length (m) Dry mass (kg) Launch mass (kg) Payload (kg) Payload volume (m³) Return payload (kg) Diameter (m) Generated power (W) Status
Progress 7K-TG  Soviet Union Energia Soyuz-U None Retired
TKS  Soviet Union Proton-K Retired
Progress-M
11F615A55
 Soviet Union
 Russia
Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-U2
7.2 7,130 2,600 7.6 150 with optional Raduga capsule 2.72 600[1] Retired
Progress-M1
[citation needed]
 Russia Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-FG
None Retired
Progress-M
11F615A60
 Russia Energia Soyuz-U 7.2 7,150 2,230 7.6 None 2.72 700 Operational
ATV  Europe EADS Ariane 5ES 10.3 10,470[2] 20,750[2] 7,667[2] 48 (pressurized) None 4.5 3,800[3] Operational
Dragon CRS  USA SpaceX Falcon 9 6.1 4,200[4] 10,200 3,310 (pressurized) plus 3,310 (unpressurized)[5] 10.0 (pressurized), plus 14 (unpressurized), or 34 (unpressurized with extended trunk)[6] 2,500 capsule return[5] 3.7 2,000[7] Operational
Dragon V2 cargo  USA SpaceX Falcon 9 Development
HTV  Japan JAXA H-IIB 10 10,500[8] 16,500[8] 6,000[8] 14 (pressurized, plus 16 unpressurized)[9] None 4.4 Operational
Cygnus (standard)  USA Orbital Antares 5.14 1,500[10] 2,000[10] 18.9[10] None 3.07 3,500[11] Operational
Cygnus (enhanced)  USA Orbital Antares 6.34 1,800[12] 2,700[12] 27[12] None 3.07 Development
Progress MS  Russia Energia Soyuz-U
Soyuz-2-1a
7.2 7,150 2,230 27 Development

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progress M". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle". ESA. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "ATV Utilization Relevant Data" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "SpaceX Brochure v7" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/10/falcon-9loft-dragon-crs-1-mission-iss-attempt1/
  6. ^ http://www.spacex.com/downloads/dragonlab-datasheet.pdf
  7. ^ "Dragonlab Datasheet" (PDF). Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Overview". JAXA. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "JAXA H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)". NASA. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Cygnus Fast Sheet". Orbital Sciences Co. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Annual Compendium of Commercial Space Transportation: 2012". Federal Aviation Administration. February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Cygnus Spacecraft Information". Spaceflight101.